The business of Dairy Farmers Victoria is managed by or under the direction of the Committee.

The Committee may exercise all the powers of the Association except those powers required to be exercised by general meetings of the members.

The Committee may appoint and remove staff and establish subcommittees consisting of members with terms of reference it considers appropriate.

Committee Members

Mark Billing - Larpent

I am an experienced fourth-generation dairy farmer with over 40 years of experience in the industry. My wife Sam, our four children, and I run our dairy farming business in Larpent, South West Victoria, with 400 cows in a grassland-based system. Farming and milk are in my blood, and I am proud to be part of an industry that has supported my family for five generations.

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Evan Campbell - Yannathan

I grew up on a dairy farm in Yannathan, West Gippsland. After school, I completed a double degree of Engineering and Commerce, then worked in Saudi Arabia for a few years in the oil and gas industry. Whilst that was a bit of an adventure in the deserts of the Middle East, I returned to the family farm in 2015 seeking “greener pastures”.

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Brad Collins - Dixie

My wife and I own and operate a farm in Dixie in South West Victoria.

We are third generation settlement dairy farmers.

Five years ago, we purchased the dairy farm from my parents. I have been dairy farming my whole life, in many different regions in Australia. Since purchasing the farm, we have put a lot of time and effort in to create a more sustainable, diverse and drought proof farm.

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Craig Emmett - Stanthorpe

Together with my partner Erin and daughter Ophelia (1 in May), I farm in Partnership with my parents Gordon and Lynette at Stanhope, in Northern Victoria. We run a 300 head Jersey stud, Shenstone Jerseys in a Perennial Pasture based system.

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Ann Gardiner - Bamawm

I have grown up in most states of Australia, my father was in the Royal Australian Air Force. I finished up in Victoria in time to go to Melbourne University and study Agricultural Science majoring in animal nutrition, genetics, and animal production. I had planned to go back to Queensland and work in tropical beef production but started a job as a dairy extension officer in Echuca in 1982. The plan was to spend 12 months there but I fell in love with dairy and I'm still here.

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Bruce Knowles - Tyrendarra

I currently run a family business Radnor Properties Pty Ltd (since 1996) at Tyrendarra, Southwest Victoria with my two sons milking a split herd operation of 1500 cows, 600 replacements on 750ha coastal property with 250ha irrigation. We employ fulltime ten staff.

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Jon Pethybridge - Whorouly South

I am a 3rd generation dairy farmer with my wife and business partner Elise, and our three children Owen 10, Molly 9 and Nora 5. We run a predominate pasture-based system with a small bit of irrigation for Maize silage and crops. We milk 300 cows mainly Holstein Friesian at Whorouly South in Northeast Victoria.

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Aaron Thomas - Won Wron

I’m the First Generation dairy farmer and the only member of my family that work in the Agg industry, I left my health Career to follow my dream to work in Dairy and have done so now for 18yrs, I have worked with the same family for the whole time, starting off as a farm hand then Manager and share farm.

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Lachie Sutherland - Larpent

Together with my partner Rebecca we operate a 380-cow dairy located at Larpent 150km west of Melbourne. The dairy is operated on a dry land platform. 

I am third generation on this farm with my father and grandfather having previously been dairy farmers here. We have progressively grown through land acquisition and increased milk production per cow.

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Benjamin Vagg - Leongatha

Benjamin is a third generation dairy farmer in South Gippsland, milking 485 predominantly Jersey herd at Leongatha South. Throughout his life he has had a passion for knowledge development and technological advancements, leading to numerous study opportunities for the betterment of his farming career. This passion has led to giving opportunities and training young people in their journey through the dairy industry. 

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